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Putin invites British experts to help analyse black box of downed jet




Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday invited British experts to help analyse the black box of a warplane downed by Turkey, as he discussed the Syria crisis with British Prime Minister David Cameron.

“Vladimir Putin invited British specialists to take part in decoding flight data recorders of the downed Su-24,” the Kremlin said after the phone talks with Cameron.

Russia has recovered the black box recording flight data from the fighter jet and Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu showed the orange-painted box to Putin during a Kremlin meeting on Tuesday evening.

Putin said at the Kremlin meeting that it should be analysed with the involvement of foreign experts to determine the plane’s flight path and position, on which Moscow and Ankara furiously disagree.

Cameron, whose country last week launched its own bombing campaign in Syria, expressed condolences over the downing and the two leaders discussed cooperation, the Kremlin said in a statement.

“It has been noted that Russia and Britain have similar approaches regarding the threat from ISIL and other terrorist groups operating in the region,” the Kremlin said, referring to the Islamic State (IS) group.

The two leaders also discussed ramping up cooperation “in this context”, the statement said without providing further details.

Russia has been pushing for the creation of a broad anti-IS coalition since launching its controversial bombing campaign in Syria in September.

After the November 13 Paris attacks Putin hosted French President Francois Hollande in Moscow, with the two agreeing to increase cooperation on Syria and share intelligence.

The Kremlin however has lamented that global powers such as the United States, which has been bombing IS targets in Syria together with its allies for more than a year, are not ready to form a coalition with Russia.

Relations between Moscow and London have been tense for years.

Russia recently critised Britain for suggesting that a bomb caused the crash of a Russian passenger plane over Sinai in October before the investigation was completed.

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